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May 02, 2008

Fact for the Day

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Global population is expected to rise 33% in the next 40 years.


Semi-related: I marveled at the way that population growth has been forgotten as a political-ecological-sociological-whatever concern: here, here, here. Patrick Burns puts together a couple of population-growth animations that show that the human race isn't in any immediate danger of going extinct. In fact, if I live to be a hundred, I'll have watched world population rise by 350%, and the U.S.'s population go from 150 million to over 400 million.



posted by Michael at May 2, 2008



Your "fact for the day" has been up several hours now. I am amazed that you don't already have 17 comments boxing your ears for raising such an absurd concern. Don't you understand that the there is lots of empty land in the tundra of North Labrador, and the world needs another six billion people to do the work that the first six billion people won't do?

Posted by: Rick Darby on May 2, 2008 4:20 PM

No kidding. What has become of the "pack 'em in" crowd?

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 2, 2008 4:46 PM

I'll tell you what happened to the pack 'em in" crowd. They've been standing in airport lines in their stocking feet and they're a little confused. Not quite as confident as they used to be. Not sure who to blame, either. Reality is catching up with their rhetoric.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on May 2, 2008 8:55 PM

Yeah, where are the people like Glen "you can never have too much cheap labor" Raphael? I miss him. Sort of. Maybe if you paid him a subsistence wage for posting here, he'd...never mind.

Posted by: PatrickH on May 2, 2008 9:12 PM

Population may have disappeared as an issue because it is the Oppressed Peoples of the world who are having the babies, not the awful whites. Therefore, if you have concerns about population growth that makes you an advocate of "genocide"(or something suspiciously close to it) for non-Euros according to the logic of the dominant ideology of the West.

Posted by: icr on May 3, 2008 1:26 PM

The current "pack 'em in crowd" appears to be religious conservatives who pass legislation that withholds funding for overseas family planning efforts that offer abortion as an option, or legislation that requires abstinence only programs. You know, our Congress.

It's certainly not the mostly liberal groups who cover the earth trying to teach family planning to women living in ridiculous theocracies.

I'm not sure I know of anybody, liberal or conservative, who doesn't see overpopulation as a major problem.

Posted by: JV on May 3, 2008 3:36 PM

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